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The Elements of Style

by William Strunk, Jr. (Author), E. B. White (Author)

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    The Reader Over Your Shoulder: A Handbook for Writers of English Prose by Robert Graves (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Reader Over Your Shoulder has the same sort of advice as Elements of Style, but with many interesting examples of prose written in violation of the principle they are advocating.
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This is a must to read if not to own and reference. The updated version gives further insight and explanation, but overall the information remains valid for writers in the modern day. I refer to this when needed or when instructing writing. ( )
  AuthorRaeZRyans | May 24, 2014 |
Easy to understand, well written. ( )
  shdawson | Apr 15, 2014 |
No es malo, pero es muy básico, esperaba lo contrario. En resumen, es una guía breve con dieciocho consejos para aspirantes al oficio de escritor, los que se dividen en dos partes: i) Reglas de uso elemental y ii) principios de composición elemental. También incorpora un par de ejercicios, algunas recomendaciones de forma, un listado con palabras fuera de uso y una breve guía ortográfica. Más menos las reglas de Strunk Jr. serían estas (si me equivoco, mala suerte):

1) Reglas de uso elemental.

i) Utilizar el posesivo singular de los sinónimos agregando el ’ (no aplica en el castellano, aunque no es malo adelantarse en caso de que la RAE siga con su proceso de adaptación al inglés).
ii) Utilizar una coma después de cada palabra, a excepción de la última, cuando estemos ante una serie o lista. De especial utilidad para cuando se escriben recetas de comida o médicas, los nombres de tus enemigos y las mascotas que ya no existen.
iii) Utilizar entre comas en vez de entre paréntesis.
iv) Colocar una coma antes de una conjunción al introducir una cláusula coordinada.
v) No reunir oraciones independientes mediante una coma, sino un punto y coma o, depende, un punto.
vi) No dividir una frase en dos. Supongo que también se referirá en caso de intentar separarla en tres, trece o más. Ahora, separarla en una es lo más difícil.
vii) Hacer referencia al sujeto al comienzo de la oración cuando se utilice el tiempo verbal en participio.

2) Principios de composición elemental.

viii) Hacer del párrafo la unidad de composición: un párrafo por tópico o idea. Esto me parece que es lo más relevante y me sorprende ver tanto escrito descabezado, con unos párrafos de dos o tres frases y otro posterior que sigue con la misma idea pero huérfano. Eso sí, en mi situación el pecado es lo inverso. En fin, cada quién con sus creencias como dice el Relativismo de PKD.
ix) Comenzar cada párrafo con una oración temática y terminarlo acorde a dicho inicio. Esto es muy entretenido y poco común de ver.
x) Utilizar voces activas por sobre las pasivas. Con lo anterior no siempre de acuerdo estaré. Algunas voces pasivas, en especial las del tipo drag, tienen una fuerza que pesan más incluso que varios coros de activos.
xi) Colocar sentencias en forma positiva. En particular las de muerte: la ironía siempre es bienvenida.
xii) Utilizar un lenguaje específico y concreto.
xiii) Omitir palabras innecesarias.
xiv) Evitar una sucesión de frases sueltas.
xv) Expresar las ideas coordinadas en forma similar. Si es que existen ideas, en primer lugar. Si es que están coordinadas, en segundo y final.
xvi) Mantener reunidas las palabras relacionadas.
xvii) En resúmenes, mantener la tensión. ¿No debería ser en todo el escrito?
xviii) Colocar palabras enfáticas al final de la oración. Así sea. ( )
  david.uchile | Mar 18, 2014 |
It has some sound advice, but it is by no means infallible. Worse yet is the behavior by those who take its prescriptions too far. http://chronicle.com/article/50-Years-of-Stupid-Grammar/25497/ ( )
  rmagahiz | Dec 21, 2013 |
This is still the best short guide to English grammar and usage, although you could argue with a few points. ( )
  datrappert | Nov 30, 2013 |
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The Elements of Style does not deserve the enormous esteem in which it is held by American college graduates. Its advice ranges from limp platitudes to inconsistent nonsense. Its enormous influence has not improved American students' grasp of English grammar; it has significantly degraded it.
 

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Strunk, William, Jr.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, E. B.Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Angell, RogerForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The first writer I watched at work was my stepfather, E.B. White.
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Introduction: At the close of the first World War, when I was a student at Cornell, I took a course called English 8.
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According to the St. Louis Dispatch, this "excellent book, which should go off to college with every freshman, is recognized as the best book of its kind we have." It should be the ". . . daily companion of anyone who writes for a living and, for that matter, anyone who writes at all" (Greensboro Daily New). "No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume"
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You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book's unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.

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